AICTE to Soon Recognize Distance Learning Engineering Courses in India

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The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is in the process of drafting a regulation for engineering courses offered by universities through correspondence. Universities offering  engineering correspondence courses / engineering programmes through distance learning will soon be able to get accreditation from AICTE. AICTE is the authorized body for Technical Process in India.

At present, any engineering programme offered through distance learning mode is not approved by AICTE, (the statutory regulator for technical courses). Varsities offering engineering programmes through correspondence will soon be able to get accreditation as the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is in the process of drafting a regulation for such courses in the “blended learning” category.

More Details for AICTE Regulation for Distance Learning Engineering:

 AICTE Chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe told reporters that, “We have drafted a regulation for the distance learning BTech programmes under the “Blended Learning category”.

  • The proposed ratio for theory and practical teaching is 60:40.
  • While universities or institutions can impart theoretical knowledge through study material, the practical modules will require attendance and practical training.
  • The proposed regulation has been sent by AICTE to HRD ministry for its approval.

“We are waiting for an approval from HRD ministry. An official notification will be issued once we get a nod and the recognition will be granted to offer courses from ensuing session.

While AICTE recognises MBA and MCA programmes offered through distance mode, it has always followed a policy of not approving B.Tech, M.Tech, Pharmacy, Hotel Management, and Architecture courses through correspondence. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) had in 2013 withdrawn its decision of recognizing these courses in perpetuity for equivalence in central government jobs after concerns were raised over the quality of such programmes.

Indian Railways, had also expressed reservation in hiring candidates who had BTech degrees pursued under distance learning mode. The AICTE Chairman, also released the survey report of industry linked technical institutes conducted by AICTE in association with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

However, the Ministry had in September this year lifted the ban saying all degrees, diplomas and certificates – including those in technical education – awarded through open and distance mode, stood automatically recognized for employment to central jobs, provided the courses have been approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

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